Many busy young families rely on a to-do list. But for Leah and Matthew Woodcock of Montgomery, Ill., checking off items on their refrigerator dry erase board was a matter of life and death.
Their lengthy list detailed medication reminders as well as their infant daughter Elizabeth's ever-changing tube and bottle feedings. "Looking back, I'm not sure how we did it," Leah said. "But, thanks to prayer and the medical team at Comer Children's Hospital, our daughter is now healthy."
Soon after she was born on May 22, 2013, a test showed abnormally high bilirubin levels in Elizabeth's blood. Bilirubin is excreted out of the liver in bile, a substance that aids in digestion. Elevated bilirubin levels in the bloodstream cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and indicate inflammation of the liver or blockage of the bile ducts.